The day started off badly. I wrote up FIVE students during the first period of the day due to, and I quote: blatant disrespect, insubordination, failure to comply with teacher directive, adamant refusal to do work, failure to sit in assigned seat, possession of nuisance items, and use of profanity. ALL five of them displayed these behaviors. Then two students came to that first period tardy with notes from their parents saying why they were tardy. We have been told by the deans' office that NO parent notes will be accepted to excuse tardies, so I did not accept the notes. The students went to the deans' office to "tell on me" for not accepting the notes, and the dean ACCEPTED THE NOTES and EXCUSED THE TARDIES. Then the dean wrote this email to MY BOSS: Today Mrs. [me] refused to accept tardy notes from two students in her early bird class. The girls both came to me at 7:10 am and I called their parents. The parents were late due to the weather and traffic today. I spoke with the attendance clerk downstairs and asked her to accept the tardy note. She had no problem in excusing the tardy but she said she never takes notes (verified or not) to excuse a tardy for any class. Is this the policy? I can see if students abuse the policy by submitting notes daily but this wasn't the case. I looked at this situation as circumstance that was out of their control (bad weather). I wanted you to be aware of what I did this morning just in case Mrs. [me] complains. Now, I feel like her email had a tone to it, but I'm trying not to read anything into it, so I'm going to let it go. I did feel sort of justified when my boss wrote back to the dean: "We do not accept tardy notes to excuse tardies. If it's not habitual, it should not be a problem." Sigh. I feel worn out already.